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Welcome to Our Fall Meeting!

We live in a world of connections.  We're connected in so many ways.  As beekeepers we're connected too; through our association, to our clubs, to our suppliers and industry partners, to our communities, to our researchers, and maybe most important, to our bees.  As we gather again this fall, we hope to celebrate our connections.  Over three days we will conduct our annual business, elect new board members, learn from experts, particpate in a friendly honey & hive product competition, celebrate our annual banquet, connect with trades and renew friendships.  Please join us in Vernon or online.

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Featured Speakers

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Geoff Wilson

Apicultural Specialist - Saskatchewan

Geoff grew up in rural southwestern Ontario.  He started beekeeping at the age of 15 helping a small scale neighbor beekeeper with his 100 colony operation and got his own colonies the next year.  He has been involved with the bee industry ever since.  Geoff obtained both his B.Sc. (Agr.) and M.Sc. from the University of Guelph where he studied agrology as an undergraduate and bee health and genetics in graduate school, while paying his way through school by working for a large commercial beekeeper in southern Ontario.  After a few years of working with the Ontario Beekeepers Tech Transfer Program and then commercial beekeeping in Eastern Ontario, Geoff moved to Saskatchewan to work with the Ministry of Agriculture.  Geoff has been Saskatchewan Provincial Specialist, Apiculture since 2009, with the primary goal of helping beekeepers to maintain bee health and keep a healthy beekeeping industry.  He keeps approximately 100 colonies plus nucs with his wife for breeding and trialing new products and beekeeping techniques. 

Apicultural Specialist - Alberta

Born and raised in Alberta, Samantha graduated from the University of Alberta in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science – Specialization in Animal Biology. Throughout her degree, she developed a keen interest for everything insect and parasite related. In 2004, the Alberta government hired her to work with her favorite insect as an apiculture research assistant.

Since then, she has been a part of countless research projects and surveillance programs aimed at bee health in Alberta. Projects ranged from Nosema control methods, to Varroa mite treatments, to supplementary feeding and honey quality. She also worked as an apiculture inspector for the province, ran her own colonies for a number of years, and supervised the Bee Health Assurance Team until 2019 when she became the Provincial Apiculturist for Alberta.

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Geoff Wilson

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Geoff Wilson

Honey Bee Zen Apiaries 

Jeff Lee is a commercial beekeeper and co-owner of Honey Bee Zen Apiaries Ltd and Swan Valley Honey Ltd, which supplies honey to more than 40 stores in British Columbia. He completed the Master Beekeeper course at UBC. A former political and investigative newspaper reporter, Jeff has more fun now with their bees. He is the BCHPA’s interim director for the Canadian Honey Council and is a past vice-president. He is also chairman of the Fields Forward Society, which operates Creston’s Food Innovation Centre for agricultural producer startups.

Honey Bee Zen Apiaries 

Amanda is the co-owner of Honey Bee Zen Apiaries and Swan Valley Honey in the Creston Valley. She is a Master Beekeeper and worked as a beekeeping technician for the University of B.C. on several research projects. She is a former advertising executive with PostMedia and is also a member of Women Leading The Way. Currently, Amanda is  the Chair of the Food Action Coalition that takes care of the Farmer’s Market and Harvest Share for food recovery and is a Trustee of the Boone Hodgson Wilkinson Trust Fund that supports education regarding honeybees and to support apiculture research.  In the summer if you don’t see her at the farmer’s market you will find her out in the field with her bees.

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Geoff Wilson

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Geoff Wilson

BC Technology Transfer Program Lead

Technology Transfer Program Lead

Nuria comes to us with fourteen years of experience as an extensionist – acting as a link between research and industry. She has expertise in diverse areas, including Integrated Pest Management (IPM), selective breeding, and honey bee pathology. Nuria has collaborated in a number of research projects in North America, has published in reputable scientific journals, and has been an instructor of IPM, queen rearing, and honey bee biology courses.
Nuria got her PhD from the University of Guelph – Honey Bee Research Centre, where she later worked as a researcher studying the impact of stressors on health and behaviour, analyzing the mechanisms behind behavioral immunity, and studying the lipidome and metabolome profile of bees. Nuria also worked as a Bee Inspector for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Throughout her career, she has been actively contributing to apicultural research and industry.

Speakers
The Venue

Prestige Vernon Lodge

3914 - 32nd Street
Vernon, BC V1T 5P1

1.877.737.8443

The Prestige Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre provides a warm, inviting atmosphere for all guests. Affectionately known as the "The Lodge" by locals, the hotel incorporates the nearby creek as a key element of its design, offering a constant flow of natural water streaming in from outside. The creek and garden atrium have since become guests’ favourite part of their hotel experience. Today, there are hundreds of plants in the atrium, and the atmosphere is both calm and inviting.

 

Featured Amenities

• Conference Centre   • Meeting Spaces   • Pool    • Sports Lounge   • Restaurant 

• Free Parking  • Complimentary WiFi    • Guest Laundry    • Fitness Room   

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Note: Prices above are discounted for BCHPA Members. 

Members of the public are welcome to attend for a small premium.

Register for Our Event

Two Experiences One Event: In-Person or Online

Tickets starting at $69.00

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